Nick Clegg's formal announcement on the withdrawal of the Lords reform Bill marks the end of a longtime Lib Dem dream for this parliament.
The coalition government is on course for a bitter clash over the issue of parliamentary boundary reforms.
Conservative ministerial aides are told they will be sacked if they vote against the Lords bill - but some are prepared to accept that fate.
Over half of those quizzed by Daybreak and the Mirror said they did not believe peers in the House of Lords were effective at representing Britain.
The poll asked 1000 voters across the country and found:
- 54% did not believe the Lords did a good job representing Britain.
- Only 27% disagreed.
- More than half, 53%, think the 92 blood hereditary peers should be axed.
- 23% thought they should stay.
- Almost four out of five, 78%, back efforts to kick out those with criminal convictions like Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed over a previous expenses scandal.
Only 11% of voters are happy with the House of Lords as its stands, according to a Daybreak and Mirror poll.
Out of the 1000 people quizzed, just over three quarters, 76%, said they supported sweeping reforms which would replace hereditary and appointed peers.
It has been a scandal heavy week for the Lords. An investigation by the Mirror showed Lord Hanningfield pocketing £300 a day after spending as little as 21 minutes in Parliament.
Despite a huge defeat on Lords reform in 2012, Nick Clegg has called for sweeping reforms to the upper chamber in wake of the Hanningfield scandal.
Things got heated in the Commons today as Nick Clegg took issue with Harriet Harman's response to his statement on House of Lords reform
As Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg formally announced the government's withdrawal of the Lords reform Bill, he said he hoped the process had "inched us forward" towards such a measure in the future.
He told MPs with a smile, "I would like to make a statement on House of Lords reform ... or what's left of it."
– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
I can confirm that the government has today withdrawn that Bill, about which I am not as happy as members behind me are.
Regrettably the coalition will not be able to deliver Lords reform during this parliament.
My hope is that we will return to this in the next parliament, emboldened by the historic second reading vote.
For now, the immediate decision for the Government is how we fill the gap in the legislative timetable and we will bring forward measures to promote growth."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed today that the government has abandoned its proposal for House of Lords reform.
Speaking in parliament, Mr Clegg said he still hopes that plans for a mainly-elected second chamber would be revived in the next parliament as he formally confirmed to MPs that the Bill had been withdrawn.
What happened to governing in the national interest?
The Coalition, which came together in May 2010 with its leaders promising a new kind of politics, appears now to be tearing itself apart with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister engaged in a public slanging match over constitutional reform.
First Nick Clegg lambasts his Coalition partners for ditching House of Lords reform, then he says he won't vote for the boundary changes David Cameron wants.
Now the Prime Minister has hit back, saying he'll push ahead with the boundary reforms in the face of Liberal Democrat opposition.
The only people who must be enjoying this new 'tit-for-tat' sport are the Shadow Cabinet, Labour - which cleverly skewered House of Lords reform despite being in favour of it in principle - the likely winner.
The divisions in the Coalition appear to be widening as David Cameron insisted today that proposed boundary changes to parliamentary seats will go ahead.
It comes a day after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would block the plans to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and make constituencies more equal.
It's estimated, the proposals would give the Conservatives an extra 20 seats. But they won't get through the Commons without Liberal Democrat support.